[linux-elitists] Using an xbox for demoing drm...

Chris DiBona chris@damagestudios.com
Thu Jul 3 10:45:29 PDT 2003

I hate to disagee, but the Xbox represents console gaming to the media, 
not computing. If you say to a reporter, "look, the xbox doesn't run 
linux" they'll give you that glassy look. I suggest the cd analogy because 
you can say, look: here is where they already practice drm and look how it 
screwed the consumer. Yes, the xbox has drm, and yes it is a good example, 
but if you want column inches, pick an easy analogy, and one that has 
already spawned lawsuits, stories and outrage. 

The only ones pissed about not running linux on xboxs are the converted 
that can't actually price out computers to see that xbox is actually too 
expensive for what you get. 


On Thu, 3 Jul 2003, Jay Sulzberger wrote:

> On Thu, 3 Jul 2003, Chris DiBona wrote:
> >
> > >We'd be happy to use an Xbox to demonstrate what even joke-weak DRM does
> > in
> > >practice, to markets, and to powers of ownership, and one-quarter step
> > >indirect, to our powers of speech and assembly by means of our Net.
> >
> > I'd suggest that using an xbox would confuse the issue for the media.
> > Mentioning it in your materieals would work out okay, but it would just
> > serve to distract in a press conference setting. I'd suggest finding one
> > of those copy "protected" cds and show how it won't play in certain cd
> > players as a demonstraction of where things can go with computers.
> >
> >  Chris DiBona
> The Xbox is apposite here, and the trammeled CD less so.  We are not
> dealing with minor inconveniences in playing popular music.  The Xbox is a
> home computer with one more thing: the Xbox is under DRM.  Can you boot a
> free OS on an Xbox?  Not if Microsoft has its way.  So Microsoft is now
> selling a home computer which at all times remains under the control of
> Microsoft and its licensees.  I have exaggerated: a few Xboxen have been
> liberated by small bands of hardy solderers and law-breakers, free booters
> all.
> The Xbox shows what DRM is.
> oo--JS.

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